Known as McLaren P1, the hypercar will be unveiled in concept form at the Paris Auto Show later this month.
A product of the British automaker’s Racing division, the company expects the McLaren to be the ultimate driver’s car, both on the road and on the track.
‘The McLaren P1 will be the result of 50 years of racing and road car heritage,’ says McLaren Automotive Executive Chairman Ron Dennis. ‘Twenty years ago we raised the supercar performance bar with the McLaren F1 and our goal with the McLaren P1 is to redefine it once again.’
‘Our aim is not necessarily to be the fastest in absolute top speed but to be the quickest and most rewarding series production road car on a circuit,’ says McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff.
‘It is the true test of a supercar’s all round ability and a much more important technical statement. Our goal is to make the McLaren P1 the most exciting, most capable, most technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made.’
Though the McLaren P1 concept will only be previewed as a “design study” at the auto show, it is expected that the McLaren F1 successor will be powered by a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the same powerplant that is currently used by the McLaren MP4-12C supercar but with some additional features, including the Formula 1 derived, Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).
When at peak power, with the output of the kERS combined, the P1 is said to deliver an astounding 963 bhp (718 kW). Zero to 100 km/h (62 mp/h) time is said to be 2.8 seconds and but the most highly anticipated, top speed figure, if true, will disappoint a lot many people.
The McLaren P1 is said to reach a top speed a relatively low figure of 384 km/h (239 mph), which is, a heartbreaking, 7 km/h slower than the record breaking McLaren F1’s 391 km/h. We hope this figure is improved when the production is launched by McLaren. Or perhaps, there will be space for a “Special Edition” that could reclaim the production vehicle top speed crown.
Official press conference is scheduled for 27 September at the Paris Motor Show, Mondial de l’Automobile 2012, at 17.45 CEST (16.45 BST). McLaren says the production version of the McLaren P1 will come out next year. More details are expected to come out on September 27.
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